While presenting a biblical overview of teaching God’s Word chronologically I illustrated a teaching point with a video clip from the story “Ee-taow.” The video clip portrays the response of Mouk tribesmen to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Upon hearing the story it was evident that they were grasping an understanding of their sinfulness before Holy God when they exclaimed, “We are just like those people of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
In contrast to the Mouk response I shared the response from among another tribe who heard the same story. Some shouted, “If this is how God judged those people for their wickedness, what is He going to do with us? We are far, more wicked than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Far, more wicked than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah???
I’ve begun polling my audiences on this, asking “How many of us would compare our wickedness to that of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, let alone say we are far, more wicked than they?” No one, absolutely no one raises their hand when I ask that compelling question. I’ve wondered why that is and I believe I’ve come up with the answer. No one, absolutely no one wants to admit they are sinful or have a sinful nature. …And this is among good churched people and students in Christian colleges with lots of biblical knowledge.
The real challenge of understanding comes when we are faced with Jesus’ command to ‘make disciples among all [ethnos] nations (Mt 28:19-20). What did he expect, what does He want us to do about that? …Or maybe better stated, “What in the world are we doing for Heaven’s sake?”
There are currently more than 2,500 ethnos (ethnicities/people groups) of the world who are still unreached with the gospel. We are doing all we can to mobilize believers to the task of reaching them with the message that can deliver them from darkness, from the bondage of sin, and bring them into relationship with God through Christ.